DPW making progress on blighted BR properties

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Posted: Jun 20, 2011 6:14 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 20, 2011 6:52 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Dozens of abandoned houses and buildings in Baton Rouge are now community gardens after they were torn down.

In less than a year the Department of Public Works has torn down more than 80 houses in the area. DPW planned to have a few more buildings demolished by this week, but it's waiting on the power and gas lines to be removed.

Baton Rouge Councilwoman Tara Wicker spearheaded the project in hopes of cutting down on criminal activity.

"Before you would see homeless people, we had everything going on from prostitution to you name it, it was happening on these vacant lots," Wicker said.

In addition to community gardens, Wicker is working to get developers to build new houses on some of the abandoned lots.

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